FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Green Bay running back Ryan Grant watched the NFC Championship Game with one eye closed last month.
“I had to see it,” said Grant, who was making the rounds Wednesday at the Super Bowl XLIV media center. “They were talking about the Pro Bowl, so I had to know what happened. It was bittersweet.”
Indeed, if Minnesota had defeated New Orleans, Grant would have been named to the Pro Bowl to replace Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson.
“I didn’t necessarily want the Vikings to win,” Grant said, “but at the same time ….”
Grant was in position to be a Pro Bowl alternate after gaining 1,253 yards and losing only one fumble in a combined 317 rushing and receiving touches this season. That latter performance was in stark contrast to Peterson’s seven-fumble season.
Grant credited much his own success in that department to running backs coach Edgar Bennett, who runs the team through extensive ball security drills and yells “high and tight” so often that Grant said he often nods his head in anticipation of hearing the command. “It’s a habit,” Grant said.
Ultimately, however, it was the Vikings’ four turnovers that ended their chances to play in Super Bowl XLIV-- and Grant’s hopes to play in the Pro Bowl.
“I felt the Vikings were a better team for the most part, but they turned the ball over,” Grant said. “You can’t win that way.”